I love pretty things (some may even call it tchotchkes) but I also love a tidy, clean home, so everything has a place and most things serve double functions. I also prefer to buy old and antique, so as not to do more environmental damage by buying new.
Our antique chest/coffee table is used to house our vast collection of wine glasses, and our side chairs (from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore) can be pulled back for more seating around the dining table.
Our antique couch was once unwanted by others and sat with a broken leg, all set for the dumpster. I had the couch cleaned, the leg fixed and even used it for lounge seating at our wedding (the colour was perfect for our theme). I try to only introduce items that we absolutely love and have a meaning to us.
This charming little built in cupboard is original to the house. I often wonder what the first item held in there would have been.
I love the look of blue glass telephone insulators, but I am mindful of space and have only limited myself to a maximum collection of four insulators.